Spotlight on...Marissa Lucheck


Senior Marissa Lucheck is graduating in May with a degree in social work. She said, “Coming to Northern from the Chicago area (Plainfield, Illinois) was one of the best decisions I could have made,” as she has been involved in many activities and has had many amazing opportunities as a student.  Read more...

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Volunteer Abroad

Thailand - Dec. 2015-Jan. 2016

Take a tour of Bangkok and then head to Chiang Rai to work on the construction of a new community center for four days. After all of your hard work, you will get to spend time at an extreme adventures camp in Chiang Mai. After having a day of fun, you will begin learning how to train and care for elephants (how cool is that!) at the Maewang Elephant Camp for two days. Spend a day on a bamboo raft as you head back to Chiang Mai. To finish up the trip, you will get to spend a couple days on the beach. For more information, contact Rachel Harris. To check out photos from the Dec. 2013/Jan. 2014 project, click here.

Volunteer Abroad

Ireland - May 2016

While staying with Irish families in Dublin, you will get to learn about their rich Irish culture as well as volunteer in a Montessori, a senior center, or with troubled youth. You will spend a day in County Wicklow (the "Garden of Ireland"). You will then head north to visit the Titanic exhibit, tour Belfast, and explore the walled city of Derry. On your way to the small remote village of Glencolmcille, you will get to explore famous sites like Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Giant's Causeway, and Dunluce Castle. While in Glencolmcille, you will volunteer at the Glen Folk Village. Contact Cara Kamps for more info.

Get Superior Edge cords when completing all four edges

Superior Edge graduates who completed all four edges (yes, that's at least 400 hours and 5 reflection papers) will be sporting these sweet blue cords at commencement!


Log Your Hours

The only way you can get credit for your activities is to remember to log your hours as you go. Log your hours here.  If you want a refresher on how to log, watch this video.  We look forward to reading your logs.  If you want more information about how to write your reflection paper, please check out this short video.

Students Stats by College
(as of September 16, 2014)

Did you know that 2,126 of NMU's 8,592 students have chosen to participate in Superior Edge - or about 25% of our student population?  Here's the breakdown by college:

Arts & Sciences - 965
Business - 178
Professional Studies - 862
General University - 121
Total Superior Edge Participants - 2,126

Click here to find a breakdown by department.


2012-13 NASPA Excellence Silver Award

Total Edge Hours and Count
(as of September 18, 2014)

Total hours completed since 2006 is 614,174.

Citizenship Edge - 339 edges completed
Diversity Edge - 325 edges completed
Leadership Edge - 464 edges completed
Real World Edge - 560 edges completed
Superior Edge (all four edges completed) - 246 edges completed

Orientation Dates

Interested in becoming a Superior Edge participant?  Your next step is to attend an orientation.  Check back in late August for our fall orientation dates.

May Graduates

Congratulations on graduating from NMU and Superior Edge!
Please send your responses to the questions below to

Please let us know the following:
1) How would you like our name (with your middle name or middle initial, etc.) on your Superior Edge certificate?
2) If your name is hard to pronounce, please let us know the phonetic spelling.
3) Which edges do you plan to complete?
4) What are your major and hometown?
5) Highlight an activity (100 words or less) you did while in Superior Edge that you are most proud of and why.
6) What are your plans after graduation?
7) Please e-mail us photos of yourself (head shot and one of you in action) with the rest of this information to

Friday, April 24 - Graduation Reception,
Noon-1 p.m., Michigan/Ontario Rooms, UC.

As a reminder, you may want to print out a copy of your logs to have for your records before you graduate.

More Info about Superior Edge
Superior Edge VideoTo find out more about Superior Edge, please watch this video.

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